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Sea Otter 2008
Day Two
Genghis Kahn Video
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Tara Llanes:
Determined to Recover
Finding your Green Self


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Cross Nationals
45 Minutes
Win or Lose
Gale Force Cross
Elements of Cross


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Got Pink?
Speaking With:
Magnus Bäckstedt
Wounded Warrior Project:
Phoenix to Vegas
Grow Your Own Bike?
Young Mechanics
Speaking with:
Shonny Vanlandingham
Stories From the Road:
The Spinning Stars


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Interbike
Faces on the Mountain
Cross Vegas
The Showroom Floor
A Cycling Shambhala
BMC FourStroke 03
Rock & Roll Lives at Defeet
Demo Days
WTB MX Prowler Review
Interbike 2007 Intro


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Junior Development
Voices:
Benny and Christian Zenga

Green Choices
On the Soldier Ride
The Jury is Still out...



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Pedros
Faces of Pedros
Lea Davison Teaches
Kids to MTB

Women's Skills by
Alison Dunlap

Coming alive
Going Green



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Voices: Reginald Harkema
Bike The World: New York
Team Trips For Kids
The Ironclad Triathlon
The Ride of Silence
Ladies Night at R-A-B
Bike the World
Bike Polo
Get Your Friends to Ride!



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Sea Otter
Grand Theft Velo
In the Heart and Mind
of the Beast

It's All About the Wheels
A sense of Paradox
Sea Otter: Super D
What is Sea Otter?



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Which Holiday Treat
Are You?

Raisin a Comeback
Marilyn Price:
Making Trips for Kids




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2006 CX Nationals Sidelines
2006 CX Nationals Day 2
2006 CX Nationals Day I
2006 CX Nationals Intro



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Warmth Recaptured
The Road Ahead
On The Well Worn Path
Fireflies in the
Garden of Gray

A Ride With the Cannibal
Hoop Talk



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Interbike '06
Grande Finale
Innocence Lost
Outdoor Demo
and Hangover Ride

Interbike 2006 Intro



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24 Hours of Willamette
Twilight at the Velodrome



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Pedros Fest '06
The Faces of Pedros
Not-so Still of the Night
The Bold and The Vulgar
Trailing Off
Stickers, Glue, Ribbons,
Markers

Good Times in the Sky
Downhiller Hunting at Jiminy
Pedros Fest Intro 2006



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Heart Rate Monitor
Mt. Hamilton
Critical Mass
The Mountain of the Devil
Fighting for the Finish
Hey Watch Your Feet!
Special Film Pull-out
Bicycle Film Festival
Tour du Parc
The Five Boro Bike Tour
VOICES: Peter Sutherland
VOICES: Brendt Barbur
VOICES: Jacob Septimus
Stillwell Interpretive Trail
Resurrecting the Vanderbilt
Motor Parkway

Kicking it up a Notch
Bicycle Film Festival Intro
The Fat Tire Classic
The Road to Zamora
Edison, NJ Show
Carlisle, PA Show
Bike Show Intro
SLIME Torture Test
Step Away from the Lube
Energy Crisis
CX Camp for Juniors
Gear Guide: 2006
Inside the CX Nationals
Road to Nowhere
Take it Hard, Take it Easy
Liberty Mutual Cyclocross
Nationals Day Three

Liberty Mutual Cyclocross
Nationals Day Two

Liberty Mutual Cyclocross
Nationals Day One

Liberty Mutual Cyclocross
Nationals Intro

Holiday GIFT GUIDE
The Unbearable Art
of Wrenching

Tasting the Brew
A Crewman's journey
275 Miles for Youth
Letters from the Road
Patterson Pass Insurgence
The Power of Critical Mass



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Interbike '05/ Las Vegas
IB '05: Red Rocks Canyon
IB '05: Indoor Expo
IB '05: Lake Mead
IB '05: Outdoor Demo II
IB '05: Outdoor Demo I
IB '05: Intro



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Pedros Fest '05
Night Moves
Roughin' It!
Words With Tinker Juarez
Pedros' Faces
Jiminy Peak Free Ride
Womens' Skills Clinic
Pedros: Day One
Pedros Intro



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Chicago
Bicyclist Haven?
What's Not to Bike?
Sites @ Night



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West Coast
Cali Travel Intro
Hitting the Wall
Lake Chabot
Tour de Truckee
Ride to Skyline



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Tarmac Tacos
The New York Bike Show
The Deluge Ride
New Jersey Bike Show
Stinging the Rio
Roaring Mouse Race Series
(Spring 2005)

The Agony and Ecstacy
of Icy Rain...

Visions in Saffron
Margo Conover Speaks Out
Repurposing
The Blizzard Ride
PBBC 2005 Season Opener
26 Degrees of Separation
The Abondoned Bike
Bite My Style:
Messenger Fashion




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Death Valley:
Two Cyclists Enter

Car-Free: Kara
Car-Free: Max
And the Winner is...
Halloween in Gotham
Battling El Diablo
Interbike: The Event
Interbike: Intro
Cape May,
A Cyclist's Dream

A d'Liteful Adventure
Catching up with
the Catskill Wheelmen

BTC Daily 2004
Crashpads:
Crash and Burn?

IBEX MTB Trail [Series]
Prelude to a Champion
Rudy Project: Part Deux
Take Time to Appreciate
Stretching for a Fit Body
A Soggy 5 Island Tour
Incident Report
The Pump Showdown
Manhattan Greenway
Burley D'Lite Pre-Review
Bike Rodeo
When Polar Bears Attack
Almighty Leap Ride
Essential Cycling Toolkit
Training up! [The Series]
Selle Italia/Cannondale Ride
Wanna do a charity ride?
PBBC 2003 Season Opener
Rudy Project Eval Ride
Fixing Flats On the Go!
The Ride Dine 9.13.03
Road Riding Safety
Winter Riding Safety
Cycles Le Femme Jerseys
Helmets and Safety

There is a quiet sense of urgency to get the finishing touches onto barricades, banners and other assorted details, the overall mood is very laid back. There is a quiet tranquility that seems intent on becoming the mood of the weekend.

The inflatable Giraffe guards the vendor area and welcomes children

The early arrivals are already riding the brand new dirt park of cuts, banked turns and jumps. The extreme mountain bikers are catching serious air on the brand new and expanded Sinister Dirt Jump area but, there is still no more rush than is neccessary to accelerate the rider and bike into 15 or more feet of air. A relaxed aura permeates the entire campgrounds.

Richard Fries MC's from the shelter of the Pedros booth

Rich Fries and his associate from the Pedros booth are pumping out rock music and announcements pretty much non-stop but, strangely it fits and somehow the rock music itself is more laid back and, dare it be said, serene. It is almost as though the towers of speakers understand and do not wish to disrupt the peace.

Bill Sebel of Earth, Wind and Rider talk about wool

The folks in vendors row, merchants and attendees are casual and easy going. The vendors are putting finishing touches on their booths (in many cases since 6:00 AM or earlier) and holding lengthy conversations with passersby. By tomorrow at this time they will not have time to breathe, much less chat casually but for now casual is in. Bill Sebell from Earth Wind and Rider spent some time talking about his premium wool jerseys. Obviously a totally natural product, the wool itself sheds moisture in a way that defeats body odor and the styling of the clothes make it perfect for the transition from bike to office to coffee shop. The conversation was pleasant and laid back, precisely what Pedros is all about. Enjoying sometime outdoors, with like minded people.

The EMS rock climbing wall gets explored

Sharon Cowdery of WTB proudly explained the road rash scar displayed on her right shoulder where we shared a laugh in a scene reminiscent of "2 Seconds" in which the athletes compare their "war wounds". It is just that kind of an event, the fun and laughs come first before we settle down to the shop talk. WTB is a component and accessory manufacturer best know for their mountain bike related products, saddles, stems and tires. Like so many of the vendors, their saddles are available for loan and try out.

This is in large part what the core of Pedros Festival is about, trying things for the first time. Seeing the latest and greatest products, the new of the new. It is also about trying out activities you've never before attempted. Every hour or so there are riders heading out for a clinic or a beginner ride, trying some different kind of fun on two wheels.

Even the soggy day doesn't dampen Sharon Cowdery's jovial spirit

But it is also reacquainting with old friends as well, some of whom we meet for the first time. For instance, Edwin Bull from Van Dessel who we met here for the first time has been a frequent guest on PPOL News, the press release side of Pedal Pushers Online. He is here with his beautiful,full ranging bikes of every style - purpose built and elegant, Van Dessel is now reaching toward producing more mid-range and entry level offerings for newer athletes.

Amidst the vendors there is another entirely separate series of activities that occur around and within the vendors booths. The wide aisles are filled with bike contests, riders scream through the air in their hard tail and suspension mountain bikes in the bunny hop contest a perennial favorite at Pedrosfest. Guaranteed to draw the biggest crowd of spectators on any given day, the competition is intense but again, there is a tinge of friendliness that pervades even the most intense rivalry.

Bunny Hopping, bike limbo, tire tossing, all part of the Pedros Experience

This year the defending champion was unseated and a new prince of bunny hop was crowned. For today at least, tomorrow is another day. Also held in the vendor area the sticker ride and the bike limbo are regular favorites for the younger crowd. The Kenda Tire toss fills in with a wide range of ages and skill levels, as the riders pass a cone in an oval route they attempt to lasso it with a Kenda Tire, this event was held in spite of the pouring rain.

And what is Pedros Fest without  the trail rides?

Did I mention the rain? Actually it is really easy to forget particularly since nobody appeared to notice the fact that it was raining. Once you couldn't see across the pond through the deluge, some folks did begin thinking about calling it a day for a while but, until then it was simply business as usual. All the activities continued unabated. And some new ones started, namely an impromptu session of free style swim in the lake, the slip and slide rolled out and was immediately brought into use. The Sinister Bike Jump, undoubtedly the most continuously used feature of the festival, the mud only increased the fun.

Any day at Pedros Mountain Bike Festival is a day in the Sun, even when it rains.

There is a quiet sense of urgency to get the finishing touches onto barricades, banners and other assorted details, the overall mood is very laid back. There is a quiet tranquility that seems intent on becoming the mood of the weekend.

The inflatable Giraffe guards the vendor area and welcomes children

The early arrivals are already riding the brand new dirt park of cuts, banked turns and jumps. The extreme mountain bikers are catching serious air on the brand new and expanded Sinister Dirt Jump area but, there is still no more rush than is neccessary to accelerate the rider and bike into 15 or more feet of air. A relaxed aura permeates the entire campgrounds.

Richard Fries MC's from the shelter of the Pedros booth

Rich Fries and his associate from the Pedros booth are pumping out rock music and announcements pretty much non-stop but, strangely it fits and somehow the rock music itself is more laid back and, dare it be said, serene. It is almost as though the towers of speakers understand and do not wish to disrupt the peace.

Bill Sebel of Earth, Wind and Rider talk about wool

The folks in vendors row, merchants and attendees are casual and easy going. The vendors are putting finishing touches on their booths (in many cases since 6:00 AM or earlier) and holding lengthy conversations with passersby. By tomorrow at this time they will not have time to breathe, much less chat casually but for now casual is in. Bill Sebell from Earth Wind and Rider spent some time talking about his premium wool jerseys. Obviously a totally natural product, the wool itself sheds moisture in a way that defeats body odor and the styling of the clothes make it perfect for the transition from bike to office to coffee shop. The conversation was pleasant and laid back, precisely what Pedros is all about. Enjoying sometime outdoors, with like minded people.

The EMS rock climbing wall gets explored

Sharon Cowdery of WTB proudly explained the road rash scar displayed on her right shoulder where we shared a laugh in a scene reminiscent of "2 Seconds" in which the athletes compare their "war wounds". It is just that kind of an event, the fun and laughs come first before we settle down to the shop talk. WTB is a component and accessory manufacturer best know for their mountain bike related products, saddles, stems and tires. Like so many of the vendors, their saddles are available for loan and try out.

This is in large part what the core of Pedros Festival is about, trying things for the first time. Seeing the latest and greatest products, the new of the new. It is also about trying out activities you've never before attempted. Every hour or so there are riders heading out for a clinic or a beginner ride, trying some different kind of fun on two wheels.

Even the soggy day doesn't dampen Sharon Cowdery's jovial spirit

But it is also reacquainting with old friends as well, some of whom we meet for the first time. For instance, Edwin Bull from Van Dessel who we met here for the first time has been a frequent guest on PPOL News, the press release side of Pedal Pushers Online. He is here with his beautiful,full ranging bikes of every style - purpose built and elegant, Van Dessel is now reaching toward producing more mid-range and entry level offerings for newer athletes.

Amidst the vendors there is another entirely separate series of activities that occur around and within the vendors booths. The wide aisles are filled with bike contests, riders scream through the air in their hard tail and suspension mountain bikes in the bunny hop contest a perennial favorite at Pedrosfest. Guaranteed to draw the biggest crowd of spectators on any given day, the competition is intense but again, there is a tinge of friendliness that pervades even the most intense rivalry.

Bunny Hopping, bike limbo, tire tossing, all part of the Pedros Experience

This year the defending champion was unseated and a new prince of bunny hop was crowned. For today at least, tomorrow is another day. Also held in the vendor area the sticker ride and the bike limbo are regular favorites for the younger crowd. The Kenda Tire toss fills in with a wide range of ages and skill levels, as the riders pass a cone in an oval route they attempt to lasso it with a Kenda Tire, this event was held in spite of the pouring rain.

And what is Pedros Fest without  the trail rides?

Did I mention the rain? Actually it is really easy to forget particularly since nobody appeared to notice the fact that it was raining. Once you couldn't see across the pond through the deluge, some folks did begin thinking about calling it a day for a while but, until then it was simply business as usual. All the activities continued unabated. And some new ones started, namely an impromptu session of free style swim in the lake, the slip and slide rolled out and was immediately brought into use. The Sinister Bike Jump, undoubtedly the most continuously used feature of the festival, the mud only increased the fun.

Any day at Pedros Mountain Bike Festival is a day in the Sun, even when it rains.

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